“It’s been very humbling and very honoring,” Rep. Allen West EXCLUSIVE BizPac Review Interview

Exclusive: Allen West reflects on his freshman term

By: Michele Kirk  – Source: BIZPAC Review – Date: September 24, 2012

“An incredible journey,” U.S. Rep. Allen West said of his first two years in Congress. “This is a dream come true for a kid born in the inner-city of Atlanta.”

Sitting in his Washington, D.C., office, surrounded by pictures of his family, military mementos and history-themed books, the outspoken freshman congressman spoke with a sense of awe about the status he’s achieved as Florida’s representative on Capitol Hill.

A frequent Fox News guest, West said he has been most surprised by the regard he’s been afforded on the national stage. Over the next hour, he was reflective of a journey that began just two years ago, when he was first elected to Congress.

“It’s been very humbling and very honoring,” said West, who was scheduled to sit down with Fox commentator Greta Van Susteren after this interview last week with BizPac Review.

When asked whose personality pleasantly surprised him in Washington, he said he has been most impressed with fellow Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

“He and I have really got an incredible relationship – mutual respect – and it started back with the whole fiasco with us going into Libya, the violation of the War Powers Act,” West said. “I am always looking to align myself with those who would stand on principle, and that’s exactly what he did.”

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Rep. Allen West served his country in Afghanistan,now he’s battling on very different front lines: Congress.

GOP Florida Rep. Allen West served his country in Afghanistan, but now he’s battling on very different front lines: Congress.

   Elisabeth Meinecke  Townhall Magazine Managing Editor

From Townhall Magazine’s June feature, “Allen West: The New Face of American Black Leadership,” by Katie Pavlich:

“I’m living the American dream,” GOP Florida Rep. Allen West tells Townhall as he sits in his congressional office in Washington, D.C.

Now a freshman congressman, West grew up in the inner city of Atlanta in a healthy, old-school style, twoparent home. Both of his parents are from southern Georgia. West’s father served in Gen. George Patton’s III Corps in the European theatre during World War II and worked in a Veterans Affairs hospital when West was growing up. His mother worked for 6th Marine Corps District headquarters.

“My hair has always been quite short and cropped closely,” West jokes. …

WEST GOES TO WASHINGTON

“Just because you retire from the military and take off your uniform does not mean that your service to this country has ended,” says West, who had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel by the time he retired from the military.

“The thing that has really shocked me is the amount at which people are willing to lie, have no problem doing it and know that they’re lying,” West says. “I just wish people would step back and really think about what the fundamental principles and values that established this great nation were, and we need to get back to that.”

What does Washington really need? West think it’s more members of Congress with military experience and values. He believes the core values of integrity, honor and character, the cornerstones of serving in the military, should be used as the cornerstones for serving in Congress.

“Once upon a time, 75-80 percent of the members of Congress were men that had served in combat, served in a uniform. I think this country would be even greater if we went back and tapped that resource of those men and women who have raised their right hand and were willing to lay down their lives for this country,” West says.

Although still new to the House of Representatives, West has made a name for himself among a sea of congressman. He’s been able to effectively push back on the Washington, D.C.- establishment and fight the Left at the same time. He’s done it by holding himself and members of his staff to high standards and by refusing to compromise on conservative principles.

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Rep Allen West Editorial “Mr. President, please don’t play the race card in 2012”

by Congressman Allen West

Mr. President, please don’t play the race card in 2012

Congressman Allen B. West

I was born in the inner city of Atlanta in 1961, when segregation was still rife, at a time when I would have been barred from visiting the very beaches that make up part of the congressional district I so proudly represent.

Just two years after my birth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. momentously described his dream that one day his children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.”

How proud he would have been on that November Tuesday in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. Clearly, Dr. King’s dream had come true. White voters across America had judged our President by the content of his character, not the color of his skin, and elected a man of color, whose very lineage with a black African father and white American mother, was a literal manifestation of the figurative melting pot of these United States.

The inauguration of our first black President, the highest office in the land, and perhaps the world’s most powerful office, clearly demonstrated to the world that race need not be a hindrance to success and achievement in America. The fact that Barack Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976 indicated the lion’s share of these voters made their decision based on his character, his vision of hope and change, and his ability to relate with everyday Americans.

Still, let us not ignore that white Democrats aren’t the only voters who are capable of making a decision based on character rather than color.

In the 2010 election cycle, 42 black Republicans were vying for seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 of them made it to the general election. Two of those candidates, myself as well as Tim Scott from South Carolina, carried that success all the way to the House of Representatives. I represent a Congressional District where more than 90 percent of my constituents are not black. A powerful movement of respect for black conservatism is brewing in this country, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud of it.

With all of this progress, why is it that we continue to hear charges of racism emanating from the left, and most disturbingly, from the White House itself? It seems anytime there is criticism of the President or any of his black members of his administration, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, that criticism is decried as racist.

Mr. Holder recently said of his critics, “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” In other words, he insinuated Republicans — along with Conservatives and Tea Party members — are incapable of judging anyone solely by their character, something I take very personally.

Mr. Holder and others need to know, the criticism of the President is not of his person, but of his policies, which have clearly failed our nation–and most tragically of all in this supposedly post-racial period –have failed the black community.

As of December 2011, black unemployment remained in double digits, nearly double the national average for men at 16.4 percent, and 14.1 percent for women.

According to a Washington Post poll in September 2011, the proportion of black Americans with a “strongly positive” view of President Obama has slipped from 83 percent to 58 percent. It would obviously be absurd to say the black community’s changing view of President Obama is racially biased, so how can one make the same claim about white members opposing his policies?

As we proceed into this general election cycle, it would be a disgrace if Mr. Holder’s comment is the first salvo in the upcoming campaign to deflect honest assessment of the President’s performance in office. This campaign must be about ideas, policy and the direction of this country, and the President must not hide behind a curtain of so-called racial bias.

All Americans, black or white – and every shade in between – must be allowed to voice their opinions, level their criticisms and engage in candid discussion without fear of being labeled “racist” simply because of the color of their skin. This is precisely what Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of so eloquently, and what we celebrate today.

My message to President Obama is this: “Mr. President, your very presence in office demonstrates Dr. King’s dream has indeed come true. But how devastated would Dr. King be to know the Americans who are still fomenting racism at the highest levels are the very people for whom he fought for and died?”

Congressman Allen West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 16th
8:30 am to 11:00 am
200 Ruby Street
Boca Raton, Fl

Congressman (LTC) Allen West at David Horowitz​’s Restoration Weekend

The following talk by Colonel Allen West was delivered at David Horowitz​’s Restoration Weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida (Nov. 17-20, 2011). Introductory remarks were given by David Horowitz.

Allen West: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much, David.

And it’s amazing when the introduction is actually longer than the amount of time allotted to you that you’re supposed to speak.

(Laughter)

So we’ll see what we can do with that.

But first of all, David, thanks so much for having me here.  And once again, I’d like to introduce everyone — if you have not met my wife, Dr. Angela West; and my youngest daughter, Austen West.

(Applause)

And I know that we have a couple of my colleagues here — Congressman Royce from California and Congressman Turner from New York.  So thank you.

(Applause)

And there are many dear friends that are here.

I just want to take maybe 10 to 15 minutes to talk to you about what I think the challenges are for us going forward.  We are truly in a battle for the future and the legacy of the United States of America.  And that battle is going to happen in less than one year.  And I’m really honored that David Horowitz and his Freedom Center continues to be on the frontline to talk about those issues that we all need to be educated on, and we all need to make sure that other people are educated on.  And we cannot back down from this.  Because what will we say to our children and grandchildren if we fail in this mission?

You know, I want to welcome each and every one of you to the district that I represent — United States Congressional District 22, right here, in Florida.

(Applause)

Now, I want to ask you a simple question, and I think it’s the question that is really the seminal question that we need to understand as we go forward for the next year — what is American exceptionalism?  Because I will tell you what American exceptionalism is to me — the fact that 50 years ago, when I was born, in 1961, in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, there would be no way possible that I would be standing here speaking in The Breakers.  The fact that now I can stand here as the representative for this great Palm Beach Island — a place that, I guarantee you, I would not have been able to come to 50 years ago — is a testimony to what makes America the greatest nation that the world has ever known.  And that is what we cannot forget.

(Applause)

However, the ideological chasm that exists in America today, with people that believe that there are such things as class or caste — they don’t understand that sense of American exceptionalism.  They don’t understand the fact that where you are born in America, or where you come from, has nothing to do with where you end up, or your station later on in life.  That is what we must fight for in our country.

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Newt Gingrich defends Herman Cain, calls allegations ‘gossip’ – The Hill

by Alicia M. Cohn via The Hill

Newt Gingrich on Wednesday defended Herman Cain against allegations of past sexual harassment, dismissing charges as “gossip.”

“Here’s a situation where we’ve got a guy who’s the front runner for the Republican nomination, has a serious proposal on tax policy: 999, whether you like or dislike it, it is a serious big idea,” Gingrich told Atlanta’s WBS TV, according to ABC News. “He’s out there trying to help a country that’s in desperate trouble, and he has gotten more coverage over the last few days over gossip.”

Although they are competitors for the GOP presidential nomination, Gingrich called Cain a friend.

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